OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Badminton: Muggeridge goes on

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BRITAIN'S Joanne Muggeridge reached the last 16 of the women's badminton singles when she avenged herself 11-7 11-8 upon Madhumita Bisht yesterday. Four months ago in the Swedish Open the Indian No 1 had beaten the player from Wimbledon.

Muggeridge recovered from a series of woes: sickness the night before, nerves which saw her trail 1-7 in the first game, and a deficit of 7-8 in the second game.

At that stage she resolved on a policy of hitting the shuttle down more to deny Bisht chances to attack.

Muggeridge thus continued the progress she has made since being left off the British Olympic squad last year. After being reinstated she qualified for Barcelona in the very last tournament before the cut-off date, and now has earned a meeting against one of the leading Chinese players, Huang Hua.

Britain's other leading singles player Darren Hall was less lucky.

He lost 15-6 15-8 to the top seeded world champion from China, Zhiao Jianhua, who looked as brilliantly acrobatic in attack as ever, but afterwards pronounced himself as not at his fittest. He could have fooled most people.